Milta Ortiz

Milta Ortiz

Milta Ortiz is a playwright raised in the Bay Area, currently in Tucson by way of Chicago. As an NNPN playwright in residence at Borderlands Theater for the 2013/14 season, she wrote and developed Más, which premiered at Borderlands Theater in fall 2015. In 2015, Más was selected to the Latino Theater Commons Carnaval play festival, nominated for an American Theatre Critics/Steinberg New Play Award and...
Milta Ortiz is a playwright raised in the Bay Area, currently in Tucson by way of Chicago. As an NNPN playwright in residence at Borderlands Theater for the 2013/14 season, she wrote and developed Más, which premiered at Borderlands Theater in fall 2015. In 2015, Más was selected to the Latino Theater Commons Carnaval play festival, nominated for an American Theatre Critics/Steinberg New Play Award and Citations, and a Tucson Mac award for best drama. Más was co-produced by Laney College in March 2016 and Ubuntu Theater Project in May 2016. Plays include the 19th Annual A Tucson Pastorela premiered December 2015, Disengaged, a TYA play commissioned by Rising Youth Theater, premiered at the Phoenix Center for the Arts, 2014, 18th Annual A Tucson Pastorela December 2013, You, Me and Tuno, a finalist in NYC’s Downtown Urban Theater Festival, 2013. Fleeing Blue won the 2012 Wichita State playwriting contest and a university production in 2012. Last of the Lilac Roses was a runner up finalists at Repertorio Español, Nuestra’s Voces play contest 2011. She earned an MFA from Northwestern University’s Writing for the Screen and Stage program and a Creative Writing BA from San Francisco State University. She received two City of Oakland Cultural Arts grants and a Zellerbach Family Foundation award to write and perform her solo work in the Bay Area. She’s a member of sheworXX theater making collaborative. Milta’s day job is Marketing & Outreach Director at Borderlands Theater. She's worked as a teaching artist for over 6 years and occasionally moonlights as such. She is proud to be mommy to a bubbly toddler.

Plays

  • 19th Annual A Tucson Pastorela
    Centuries long holiday tradition popular again in Mexico and the Southwest ongoing at Borderlands Theater for 19 years. In this version, Mireya falls back in time and joins the shepherds in their harrowing journey to find el baby Jesus. A family friendly holiday musical generously infused with farcical satire lampooning 2016’s biggest political and pop cultural events.
  • Fleeing Blue
    Max is thrust into an unexpected journey, when detained along with Chepe as part of Mando’s initiation into the death squad. A hauntingly familiar guide helps him along the way as he grapples with himself in a warn torn reality.
  • Disengaged
    Follows the lives of seven youth as they struggle to attend and stay in school. Based on youth testimony from story circles and educator interviews on the drop out crisis in Phoenix. *testimony and interviews used as source material.
  • Más
    Based on a true story. A community struggles to hold onto their history, identity, and humanity as they fight to save Mexican American Studies in the Tucson Unified School District.
  • You, Me, and Tuno
    Written in vernacular, You, Me, and Tuno is a poetic journey that questions boundaries in the search for home. When teens, Marisol and Luna's parents leave to pick pomegranates in the fields of Fresno, California, they are left with their Tia and cousin, Tuno in East Oakland. The three teens venture out of the familiarity and danger of their opportunity desert hood, to the aisles of “Real Foods” to taste a...
    Written in vernacular, You, Me, and Tuno is a poetic journey that questions boundaries in the search for home. When teens, Marisol and Luna's parents leave to pick pomegranates in the fields of Fresno, California, they are left with their Tia and cousin, Tuno in East Oakland. The three teens venture out of the familiarity and danger of their opportunity desert hood, to the aisles of “Real Foods” to taste a pomegranate. The quest tests their relationship to each other, the opportunity desert they call home, and their understanding of who they are.
  • Lilac Roses
    Mamá Inez takes a sudden fall and lands in the hospital. Now the family must deal with heath insurance issues and what is unsaid between each other.